Keystone Pipeline Leaks Again; Fuels Argument against Keystone XL Pipeline

The Keystone pipeline leaked 5000 barrels of food oil in Amherst, South Dakota.

Keystone pipeline spill pushes oil higher, fuels TransCanada opponents

Keystone Pipeline Leaks Again; Fuels Argument against Keystone XL Pipeline

The Keystone Pipeline leaked 5000 barrels of crude oil in Amherst, South Dakota. The pipeline will remain closed until given the approval my strengths are to reopen by the US Pipeline And Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). This spill is the largest that has happened on the Keystone pipeline so far, and it will take quite a while to clean it up. This spill has added fuel to the fire against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which has not been built yet, even though it is been given approval by the Trump administration.

Even though this article seems to deal primarily with the economic effects of this leak, I am not going to spend much time on that particular aspect of this environmental disaster. Any oil spill is a disaster, no matter how small. However, my time is better spent dealing with the potential for a massive environmental disaster that could result if the Keystone XL pipeline is about to go forward. As far as I’m concerned, the Keystone pipeline, which has already been built and operating for quite a while, is the primary environmental threat. Hopefully, the Keystone XL pipeline will not be built, even though in my heart of hearts I know that it probably will be because fat-cat oil millionaires always seem to get their way.

That is why I’m not going to waste time talking about the economic impacts because I basically don’t give a tinker’s damn about whether or not a few greedy capitalists make money from their oil stocks. Having shown that they are the most of the economic prostitutes, or better put, corporate whores they are going to make their money no matter what I say. Why should I waste my time dealing with the obvious? However, the thought that TransCanada, the company that operates the pipeline, probably made millions of dollars from this oil spill makes me very angry.

Since the Keystone pipeline transports about 590,000 barrels of crude oil from Alberta’s oil sands to US markets in Texas, there is no justification for the Keystone XL pipeline, which is basically a shortcut. Unfortunately, this shortcut goes right through the heart of the precious Ogallala aquifer go to previous form, the primary source of potable water in the entire Midwest. Several states depend on the Ogallala aquifer for water which they used to not only irrigate their crops but consume as drinking water. It would only take only a small amount of dirty tar sands oil to pollute this entire region, thus depriving a huge amount of people drinking water. Simply put, the Keystone XL pipeline is not worth the risk.

The Keystone pipeline is more than enough to supply crude oil from Alberta to Texas. Building the Keystone XL pipeline, which is basically a shortcut for the existing pipeline, is not only unjustified but potentially greatly hazardous to the environment. It should be stopped at all costs.

 

Chalk One up for the Environment: Obama Finally Kills Keystone XL

The move follows months of widespread expectations that Obama would kill the pipeline. Source: Obama rejects Keystone XL pipeline Chalk One up for the Environment: Obama Finally Kills Keystone XL   I am very pleased that Pres. Barack Obama finally decided to kill the Keystone XL pipeline. By doing so, it guarantees that some …
Hillary Clinton Has Finally Taken A Glib Position On Keystone XL

Clinton called the pipeline a “distraction from the important work we have to do on climate change.” Source: Hillary Clinton Has Finally Taken A Position On The Keystone XL Pipeline | ThinkProgress   Hillary Clinton Has Finally Taken a Glib Position On Keystone XL   Last week, Hillary Clinton finally took a position against the …

 

Big Pharma Executive, Alex Azar, Nominated to Be Head of HHS

President Donald Trump has nominated Alex Azar to be the new Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Trump picks ex-pharma executive Azar to lead HHS – POLITICO

Big Pharma Executive, Alex Azar, Nominated to Be Head of HHS

President Donald Trump has nominated Alex Azar to be the new Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). This nomination is to fill the vacancy left by Tom Price after it was revealed that he had misused public funds to pay for airline tickets. It was thought that former secretary Price may have used millions of taxpayers dollars to pay for his own personal travel expenses. Price resigned a couple of months ago.

The nomination of Alex Azar is considered quite controversial in some circles because Azar was the former Director of US Operations for the Eli Lilly, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. His nomination to head the cabinet department that is in charge of this country’s health care system, and other related services, begs the question of conflict of interest. In fact, it doesn’t just “begs the question of conflict of interest” it smacks of conflict of interest. Since Alex Azar is to be head of Cabinet department that will be directly dealing with pharmaceutical manufacturers (a.k.a. big Pharma),  can be fair in his decisions when dealing with big Pharma?

In my way of thinking, his nomination should be opposed based mostly on a potential conflict of interest. There was no way that I would ever trust a former executive from big Pharma as a person who could remain objective. I almost interpreted this as big Pharma hedging its bets against probable health care reform and restructuring; something this country sorely needs. His former association with the Eli Lilly, a company that has financially benefited from US tax breaks and subsidies over the years, should automatically drop Alex Azar from consideration.

The nomination of Alex Azar is being vehemently opposed by Senator Bernie Sanders, a person who has been an enemy of big Pharma for years. The opposition of Senator Sanders pretty much seals the deal for me, because I fully trust Bernie Sanders in his judgment. This is particularly true when it comes to dealing with big Pharma. I do not trust big Pharma, nor will I ever. They have ripped off people in this country for far too many years for anyone to trust them about anything.

In a statement from Senator Sanders, he says,”During Mr. Azar’s tenure at Eli Lilly, this multi-billion-dollar corporation dodged taxes while charging Americans outrageously high prices for life-saving prescription drugs. We need an HHS secretary who is willing to take on the greed of the pharmaceutical industry and lower prescription drug prices, not one who has financially benefited from this greed.”

Since I agree 100% with Senator Bernie Sanders, especially the part about the greed of big Pharma, I think everyone who considers themselves to be a healthcare advocate should oppose this nomination. As far as I’m concerned, it’s just another plot by big Pharma to put one of its own in power.

 

Bernie Sanders Scored Some Major Points About Universal Healthcare

Bernie Sanders Scored Some Major Points About Universal Healthcare In this great interview Senator  Bernie Sanders takes Mark Halperin of “With All Due Respect,”on MSNBC to school about universal healthcare. Halperin tries very hard to trip up Bernie Sanders on several occasions, but fails miserably. Bernie Sanders, a long time advocate …

Big Pharma CEO Pitches a hissy fit after Bernie Sanders rejects his contribution

Turing’s price-hiking executive sent candidate $2,700 in effort to have a sitdown about drug prices. Source: Bernie Sanders rejects CEO Martin Shkreli’s campaign donation – The Boston Globe   After reading this story, my first reaction was to say to myself, “Bernie Sanders is so great!” It seems that Sen. Sanders rejected a …

Senator Bernie Sanders Speaks about the High Cost of Prescription Drugs

https://youtu.be/eDpxC0CmIqY Senator Bernie Sanders Speaks about the High Cost of Prescription Drugs Senator Bernie Sanders speaks about how he was one of the first organizers of a group of senior citizens, mostly women who were dealing with breast cancer, who traveled to Canada to buy prescription drugs. Senator Sanders makes a very …

 

Judge Roy Moore Exposed As A Sexual Degenerate

Judge Roy Moore, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from Alabama, was exposed as a sexual degenerate after a woman claimed that he sexually assaulted her when she was 14.

Judge Roy Moore Exposed as a Sexual Degenerate

Judge Roy MooreJudge Roy Moore, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from Alabama, was exposed as a sexual degenerate after a woman claimed that he sexually assaulted her when she was 14. Even though Roy Moore has been pressured by leaders of the Republican Party, including U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, he has refused to do so.
Despite the allegations, he is going forward with his Senate campaign. No one should be surprised by either his or hypocrisy or his refusal to drop out of the race. He denies the incident even happened and had gone so far as to blame Democrats for concocting this rumor. It never ceases to amaze me how people like Judge Roy Moore blame everyone else for problems they created. It’s always easier to blame someone else than it is to own your shit.

If it weren’t for the statute of limitations, Judge Roy Moore would probably be heading to jail if there were any real justice in this world. Sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl is just about as low as you can get. However, this child molester is going to be running for the U.S. Senate.

If that wasn’t enough, Roy Moore sits on the Alabama Supreme Court and has made many controversial rulings, especially when it comes to sexual matters. He has been kicked off the bench twice for refusing to follow US Supreme Court orders, among them decisions in favor of same-sex marriage and transgender rights. Now, we find out that Roy Moore sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl. Another fucking hypocrite!

Since the election is scheduled for December, the Republicans are probably stuck with Roy Moore because it is legally too late for them to change candidates. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) has even initiated a write-in campaign for Luther Strange, the man Judge Roy Moore defeated in the primary election. How’s that for desperation? Democratic Party opponent, Doug Jones, must be dancing in celebration because he was shown to be behind in the polls.

For some reason, I sincerely doubt that Judge Roy Moore is the only member of the Republican Party who is guilty of some “sexual impropriety.” Just look at the “man” who sits in the White House, who himself is a well-known sexual predator.

 

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Democratic National Committee Betrays Younger Voters With Corruption

The worst things about the corruption exposed within the Democratic National Committee is that many younger voters have been further disillusioned.

Democratic National Committee Betrays Younger Voters With Corruption

Democratic National CommitteeThe worst thing about the corruption exposed within the Democratic National Committee is that many younger voters have been disillusioned. The political process is already considered a turnoff and corrupt for many younger people. After this scandal, can anyone really blame them for being turned off and dissolution?

Many of these younger voters, were people who have never voted before. Because of this scandal within the Democratic National Committee, many of them will probably be further alienated and never bother to vote. Their current attitude will be genuine. For something like this to happen at a time when the Democrats are trying to attract younger people into the system, is a disaster.

As an older person, I can’t say as I really blame them a damn bit for having these feelings. If I were in the position, I would probably be alienated right along with them. Disillusionment with the Democratic Party is something that is not new for me. Over 20 years ago I became so pissed off with the Democratic Party that I left and joined the Green Party; something I have never regretted.

After the revelation by Donna Brazile, in her new book, that corruption within the Democratic National Committee was real, I am thinking very actively of rejoining the Green Party out of disgust and a feeling of betrayal. I rejoined the Democratic Party just so I could vote for Senator Bernie Sanders, someone I strongly feel is capable of being a great president. In my opinion, Senator Bernie Sanders is just what this country needs and deserves.

The Democratic National Committee has shown itself to be shortsighted, not to mention entirely partisan, by accepting Hillary Clinton as their candidate for president of the United States. America could have done better and deserved better. Don’t get me wrong, because I don’t feel that Hillary Clinton is a corrupt person. The reason I don’t support her is that she isn’t the best candidate. Hillary Clinton represents the status quo that I hate more than anything. She has too many ties to Wall Street and big business to make me feel comfortable with her as a candidate. Over the years, she has taken too many campaign contributions from the healthcare industry and big Pharma, both of whom I don’t trust to give the best healthcare system for a deserving populace that badly needs one.

As long as the Democratic Party insists on running a status quo candidate, I refuse to support them. This country needs a true progressive candidate, not another “player within the system” like Hillary or anyone else. We need a true progressive.

If the Democratic Party is incapable of giving us that, then maybe we should continue denying them our support. Perhaps they will change the practice of partisan politics within the party when voters start leaving the Democratic Party. Even though by doing so we run much risk of surrendering to the Right, the risk is worth it. Donald Trump is probably going to ruin the United States and if the Democratic Party doesn’t try to at least save us the indignity of having your country flushed down the toilet by Trump and his minions, then what good are they?

 

Bernie Sanders Not Stumping for Democrats. Who Can Blame Him?

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The Democratic Party Screws Itself And the People Who Count On It

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Russian Paid Advertisements on Facebook Probably Affected 2016 Election

Here are some of the Russian paid videos that were put on Facebook to influence last year’s presidential election.

Here Are Some Of The Ads Russia Paid To Promote On Facebook | HuffPost

Russian Paid Advertisements on Facebook Probably Affected 2016 Election

Here are some of the Russian paid advertisements that were put on Facebook to influence last year’s presidential election. I actually remember seeing some of them. It is also easy for me to see how some people could be affected by watching these videos. Russian paid advertisements obviously influenced some American voters in the 2016 presidential election. It is also probable that those videos swayed the election in favor of Donald Trump.

The reason Russian paid advertisements on Facebook probably swayed the election in favor of Donald Trump is that most of the ads are “hit pieces” for Trump’s opponents; Bernie Sanders and Hilary Clinton. Practically none of the videos I’ve seen are targeted against Trump. Whether we Americans like to believe it or not, we are the perfect targets for these types of Russian paid advertisements. Most of us don’t like to admit it, but we are very politically gullible and easily influenced by what we see on social media, especially since we spend so much of our time on it.

Maybe this entire incident of Russian paid advertisements and other types of influence on our election should be a wake-up call for all of us. The message here may be that we all need to join the real world and stop looking at social media to be our source of information. Social media is intended to be used as entertainment, not our primary source of information because it obviously has flaws in that respect.

We all need to realize that we take Facebook, and other forms of social media are taken far too seriously. We need to realize that even though the “mainstream media” is largely contaminated by corporate influence, it is still a better source of information than Facebook. We may have to sort through the hidden “corporate messages” and other bullshit to find the “real news”, but it is possible. It just takes time and patience. Also, there are other reliable, less contaminated, sources of information that we can rely on, or at least use to be something we should have always been; a well-informed populace of voters.

 

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Sep 29, 2017 … Twitter and Facebook for facing mounting criticism for accepting Russian-paid advertisements that attempted to influence the 2016 election.

 

Hopefully, Karma Will Make This Happen

Hopefully, Karma Will Make This Happen

Even though this video is a parody and satire, hopefully Karma will make this happen in real life. This video made my week and I really needed to see this, especially with the indictment of Paul Manafort yesterday for charges related to the collusion between the Trump presidential campaign now and the Russian government came to light yesterday.

As someone who has always believed in Karma, maybe we will have the pleasure of seeing the entire Trump gang taken away in handcuffs. Personally, for me, it will be one of the most satisfying sites I will have the pleasure of seeing in my lifetime. This entire country needs to see it, whether they choose to believe or not.

Karma can be a real bitch, and hopefully Donald Trump will get a real big taste of it firsthand.

The Democratic Party Screws Itself And the People Who Count On It

At a major party meeting last week, the Democratic Party pushed the liberal wing of the party into a position where they are guaranteed to have very little influence over Democratic Party policy.

It’s Still Their Party: What the DNC Purge Means for the Democrats’ Left Flank – In These Times

The Democratic Party Screws Itself And the People Who Count On It

At a major party meeting last week, the Democratic Party pushed the liberal wing of the party into a position where they are guaranteed to have very little influence over party policy. In doing so, they screwed themselves and the people who count on the Democrats for representation, not to mention advocacy. They chose to keep up the status quo that probably cost them the 2016 presidential election.

The more liberal wing of the party called the “Sanders wing” were marginalized to a point where they will have very little real influence over Democratic National Committee (DNC) policy. DNC Chair Tom Perez, himself a controversial figure, make sure that the so-called “Sanders wing” and their allies were relegated to minor positions within the party.

This is just the type of party wrangling within the Democratic Party that forced me to leave the party years ago and become a member of the Green party. My move to the Greens is something that I have never regretted because, even though the Green party seldom gets a member elected to a major office, they are a party that I can relate to both in principle and ethics. This last element is very important because I feel that the actions of the DNC are not only unethical but shortsighted.

I rejoined the Democratic Party after nearly 20 years of being a member of the Green party to support Bernie Sanders. Now that the Democratic Party has chosen to shove him to the sidelines, even though he probably would have beaten Donald Trump in last year’s presidential election, they no longer have my support. However, I do hope that they gain significant ground, despite this latest partisan debacle, and the 2018 midterm congressional election.

This latest move by the DNC is a huge mistake and something that will probably alienate many potential supporters, especially supporters of Senator Sanders. By making this latest shortsighted move, the Democratic Party is surrendering huge ground to the GOP and forces of Donald Trump. They just made a huge mistake.

 

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